18th Nov 2013
Now that the weather seems to have turned the corner its highly likely that your bees have begun to settle down and cluster. We are still hearing of the occasional colony being active, making trips and returning from what is most likely ivy amongst a few others, but on the whole as you would expect around this time of year the majority are settling down for the winter.A few things you may wish to consider over this month:
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping generally includes buying bees and the equipment that is needed. Yet, some people who are starting this avocation normally make a few blunders. It is acceptable to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers avoid making exactly the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not understanding the best time to begin a beekeeping company or avocation can end up being a catastrophe. It can lead to some loss of cash and your bees. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees die during the winter. This would compel a beekeeper to buy a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive money. Fall is another inferior time since there are fewer flowers, hence a smaller amount of honey picked, to start beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are plenty of blooms that are blooming.
2. Buying used equipment and old books. This is a typical mistake made by many start beekeepers. Buying used gear and old beekeeping publications isn’t a great thought, although it’s understandable that one would desire to cut costs as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “inherited” issues. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would surely impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation particularly if a beekeeper is planning to commence a honey-selling business. Second, old books can provide out-of-date info on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are quicker and better ways production honey and to maintain beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think about this. He/she will come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body, if one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and collecting the honeycombs. Protective equipment is pricey, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avoid spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It’s best to consult an expert beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If buying a certain thing appears too high-priced, constantly think about the end price ( in case that they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it is up to the person to decide the best course of action.